One of the commitments in the Government response to the House of Commons Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development’s Report “Healthy Environment, Health Canadians, Healthy Economy: Strengthening the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999” was “to develop, engage on, and publish under CEPA a policy on vulnerable populations, which will include a definition of vulnerable populations and the objectives of the program, including the framework for how Health Canada considers vulnerable populations as part of risk assessments.” This document is a first step to meeting this commitment.
This is a preliminary consultation, and you are welcome to provide comments during the public consultation as well which is planned for fall 2018. In the interim, we are asking for your comments on this proposed definition, as well as the examples within the document by November 15, 2018. Please forward all comments to: email@example.com. Please note that there will be a mechanism established for sustained input from stakeholders and experts as we advance consideration of vulnerable populations in a more comprehensive and transparent manner.
Document: Consultation vulnerable population